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Quote1 Anger is the god of fools. Quote2
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The O-Sensei is a legendary martial arts instructor. There is very little known about his origins, except that he used to work with Barney Ling in the organization G.O.O.D.. He took Ben Turner as a student while living in Japan. They discovered a thief named Richard Dragon trying to steal a statue one night. Dragon attempted to kill O-Sensei, but O-Sensei easily defeated him. Despite this violence, O-Sensei saw goodness in Richard Dragon, and decided to teach him as well. O-Sensei spent six years training Dragon and Turner in combat, history, philosophy, and science. Their training eventually finished, and O-Sensei viewed them as sons, but he was forced to let them go pursue their destiny. His students were recruited by Barney Ling, who used them as agents of G.O.O.D..[1] They later left Japan to move to America, and O-Sensei said goodbye with tears in his eyes. Dragon and Turner moved to New York City with O-Sensei's goddaughter Carolyn Woosan.[2] It is later revealed that O-Sensei gave Richard two gifts, both items that had been passed down by his old sensei. This included his own uniform, and a powerful emblem called the Dragon's Claw.[3]

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  • Decelerated Aging: At the time of his death, O-Sensei was more than one-hundred years old. His exact age is unknown, but there are records of his activity as a young man as early as 1895.


  • Martial Arts
    • Aikido: O-Sensei has mentioned that he is a disciple of Aikido.[1]
    • Boxing: O-Sensei has mentioned that he is a disciple of Boxing.[1]
    • Jiu-Jitsu: O-Sensei has mentioned that he is a disciple of Jiu-Jitsu.[1]
    • Karate: O-Sensei has mentioned that he is a disciple of Karate.[1]
    • Savate: O-Sensei has mentioned that he is a disciple of Savate.[1]
  • Pedagogy: O-Sensei is an expert at instruction and guidance; restricted towards the teaching of martial arts.
  • Philosophy: O-Sensei is an expert in philosophy and zen mastery, in particular in how they relate to Kung Fu.
  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • O-Sensei was created by Dennis O'Neil and Jim Berry as a character in their 1974 novel Dragon's Fists. O'Neil later adapted him as a DC Universe character in 1975 when he was writing the series Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter.


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